A sculptor, designer, painter and teacher, Alfonso Iannelli was born in Andretta, Italy, and died in Chicago, Illinois. He came to America with his parents when he was a child and studied at the Art Students League in New York with Gutzon Borglum, George Bridgman, and William St. John Harper.

He became a designer of appliances and furnishings for manufacturers and was an instructor of art at the Los Angeles Sketch club (1911-1913) and at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts (1923-24). He spent the last fifty years of his life in Chicago where he exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Sources:
"Artists in California, 1786-1940" by Edan Hughes
"Who Was Who in American Art" Vol II, by Peter Falk